So I’m always looking for a bargain. I love high-end products, but I’m not one to pay extra money just for fun (or just for packaging) if the product isn’t superior to something I could get at the drugstore. Ipso facto, I’m always on the lookout for dupes.
On a recent trip to Bed, Bath & Beyond (which has become my go-to spot for stocking up on any drugstore items), I was perusing the selection from Prestige Cosmetics.
If you’re not familiar with Prestige…neither am I, at least not until recently. It’s not sold at any drugstore chains in my area. The only place I have seen it is at a couple of beauty supply stores and BB&B, though you can also order from their website. I was initially turned off by the name (instead of actually being a prestige brand of cosmetics, they’ve just named themselves “Prestige” brand–the irony), but eventually I got curious. I’ve tried a few products from them in the past year and, on the whole, I’ve been pretty pleased.
So I couldn’t help but be intrigued when I spied a baked mineral powder that reminded me of one of my favorite high-end highlights: Laura Mercier’s Matte Radiance Baked Powder in “Highlight.”
The Prestige Cosmetics Sun Baked Mineral Bronzing Powder actually comes in three shades, two of which are deeper and look more like bronzing powders, but I was pulled in by “Pure Shimmer”, the lightest shade of the bunch. Now granted, these two powders do not actually look that similar in the pan. The Prestige powder has a lot of marbling, while the Laura Mercier powder is almost uniform in color. This marbling makes it hard to tell what the Prestige version would look like applied; it seems like it might be darker, more bronze, or possible more golden, than the LM version. But there was something about the sheen, the way the Prestige version reflected the light, that made me want to swatch them side-by-side.
I am not going to say these are exact dupes. The Laura Mercier powder is more pigmented. It’s texture is smoother (though for a drugstore product, the Prestige powder is impressively silky). The shades may be very slightly off — I think the Laura Mercier version is a hair more beige. But when applied and blended out on the skin, they really look identical.
The Prestige Cosmetics’ Sunbaked Mineral Bronzing Powders retail for $11.95, while the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powders will cost you $38 apiece, a.k.a. a little over three times the price. The Prestige powder also gives you very slightly more product: 8 grams versus the 7.5 grams you get with the Laura Mercier product.
It might not be a 100% dupe, but for those on a budget Prestige Cosmetics’ “Pure Shimmer” is an excellent alternative to that gorgeous LM highlight.